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Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge presented the interim Railway budget 2014 in Lok Sabha.

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Highlights of interim rail budget:
-Passenger fares left untouched.
-Passenger rail service to Katra and Vaishnodevi to start shortly: Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.
-Meghalaya set to come on rail map as part of extension of network in the Northeastern states.
-More high-speed trains to be launched: Rly Min Kharge.
-Premium AC Special train in Delhi-Mumbai sector with shorter advance reservation period and dynamically varying premium over Tatkal fare.
-Railways meet from own resources total additional impact of Rs one lakh crore because of 6th Pay Commission: Kharge.
-Independent Rail Tariff Authority set up to advise on fixing of fares and freight, to engage all stakeholders.
- Annual Rail Plan envisaged at Rs 64,305 crore with a budgetary support of Rs 30,223 crore: Kharge.
-FDI being enabled to foster creation of world-class rail infrastructure; several PPP projects in pipeline.
-17 new premium trains, 38 express trains and ten passenger trains to be launched: Kharge.
-Rail infrastructure by cost sharing with govts of Karnataka, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.
-Rail Land Development Authority has raised Rs 937 crore so far: Kharge.
-Operating ratio likely to be 90.8 per cent; Railways will end current year with surplus: Kharge.
-Rail Minister proposes to expand dynamic pricing of rail fares on “larger scale”.


 

International news as it is

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9 anti-Taliban militiamen killed in Pakistan


Militants killed nine members of an anti-Taliban militia on Wednesday in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. A group of about 25 militants attacked the house of militia chief Israrullah Khan on the city outskirts, killing him and eight of his relatives, AP quoted police official Jamal Khan as saying. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier in February, the militia chief’s son and two other people were also killed after they shot dead a militant commander. Khan’s militia fought and blocked infiltration of the militants from the surrounding tribal regions.

Train carrying coal derails in Russian


A freight train loaded with coal derailed in Russia’s southern Urals region early Wednesday morning, RIA Novosti reported. Over 700 meters of track were damaged, and traffic on the route was delayed following the incident in Chelyabinsk Region. Thirty cars carrying coal derailed at about 1am Moscow time (21:00 GMT Tuesday) after the driver used the emergency brake to avoid rubble from a landslide on Tuesday evening, officials said. Nobody was injured. Over 300 railway employees were working on Wednesday to clear the landslide from the track.

Moscow to veto Syria aid resolution in current form


Russia has warned a draft UN resolution on aid access in Syria is aimed at creating grounds for military intervention and will veto the document in its current form, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said Wednesday, as cited by RIA Novosti. “It is unacceptable to us in the form in which it is now being prepared, and we, of course, will not let it through,” Gatilov said, commenting on a Western-Arab draft that was debated in the UN Security Council on Tuesday. He described the proposed draft as “politicized.”

House panel approves bill to ban in-flight calls

US lawmakers say allowing airline passengers to make cellphone calls in-flight is asking for trouble, and a House panel approved a bill to ban them. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to issue regulations prohibiting such calls. The department is already considering creating such a ban as part of its consumer protection role. The legislation has no impact on the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision late last year to allow passengers to email, text, surf the internet and download data using smartphones and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings,

Australia seizes $162mn of meth, arrests 4 Taiwan nationals

Authorities in Australia have seized $162 million of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China and arrested four Taiwanese nationals, police said Wednesday. The 183kg haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney’s container port, AFP reported. Border officers selected a container from China for X-ray inspection which revealed that 19 of the 27 kayaks inside contained packages of methamphetamine.

Amedeo firms up $8.3bn order for 20 Airbus A380

Leasing firm Amedeo firmed up on Wednesday its order for 20 superjumbo aircraft in a deal worth $8.3 billion, giving a fresh lift to Airbus’ flagship A380, AFP said. The purchase agreement was signed at the Singapore Airshow. Amedeo, formerly Doric Lease Corp, is the world’s biggest manager of leased A380s.

Commercial ivory trade banned in US


The US banned the domestic trade of elephant ivory in a new drive to help African countries stem the rising threat to wildlife from poachers. The White House administrative action prohibits all commercial imports of African elephant ivory, including antiques, and all commercial exports, except for bona fide antiques and certain other items, AFP said. “This ban is the best way to help ensure that US markets do not contribute to the further decline of African elephants in the wild,” the White House said.

North, South Korea hold first high-level talks in 7 years


North and South Korea held their first high-level talks in seven years on Wednesday, Reuters reported. The two sides explored ways to improve ties while the South and the US geared up for military drills that have angered Pyongyang. The meeting was set up with great secrecy at the North’s suggestion last week. The South Korean delegation is led by President Park Geun-hye’s deputy national security adviser, and North Korea has sent the second-highest ranking official in the Workers’ Party department charged with ties with the South. There was no word on what was discussed after a morning session in the closed-door meeting at the Panmunjom truce village on the border was wrapped up.

House passes US debt ceiling increase with GOP support

The GOP-led House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday evening to extend US borrowing by a 221-201 vote, shortly after Speaker John Boehner signaled that Republicans would not seek to introduce additional measures. The “clean” debt ceiling bill would permit the Treasury to continue borrowing for an additional 13 months and avoid a repeat of last year’s partisan gridlock. A vote is now slated for the Democrat-controlled Senate, which is expected to pass the measure and deliver it to President Obama for his signature by the end of the week.

US warns businesses against operating in Iran

The US will take on businesses that violate sanctions against Iran, said President Barack Obama at a joint news conference at the White House with French President Francois Hollande. “They do so at their own peril right now because we will come down on them like a ton of bricks with the sanctions we control,” he said. Obama added that France and other allies are committed to enforcing the current sanctions in order to stop Iran from expanding its nuclear program. In February Iran resumed talks with the UN nuclear watchdog in Tehran concerning its nuclear program and sanctions relief.

Court rejects jailed Ukrainian ex-PM Tymoshenko’s appeal

A Ukrainian court has rejected an appeal by the jailed former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, to ease her prison conditions, Unian news agency reported. In December, Tymoshenko filed a request asking permission to use a cell phone and to take walks outside prison. In January the prison committee declined her request. Tymoshenko was found guilty of abuse of power in 2011 and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Trust between US, France restored – Hollande


Mutual trust has been restored between the United States and France after allegations the US spied on foreign leaders and citizens, said French President Francois Hollande. “That mutual trust is based on respect … but also based on protection of private life, of personal data, the fact that any individual, in spite of technological progress, can be sure he is not being spied on,” the President added. There have been tensions between EU and the US after revelations emerged from whistleblower Edward Snowden detailing major American secret surveillance operations conducted throughout the world by the NSA.



 

Yuvraj gets the highest price Rs. 14 crore

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A total of 514 players will go under the hammer over the next two days. The list features 219 capped players (169 Indians and 50 overseas players) and 292 uncapped players (255 Indians and 37 overseas players).
The big guns including Kevin Pietersen, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, David Warner, Mitchell Johnson, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene and Murali Vijay are listed as the marquee players and will be auctioned in Round 1.
All the players mentioned above, save Warner (Rs 1.5 crore), will start with a base price of Rs 2 crore. The third set of specialist batsmen coming up and the first name out is 38-year-old Neil McKenzie of South Africa with a base price of 50 lakh and he remains UNSOLD
The auction, commence at 9.30 am on Wednesday, February 12,  conducted by Richard Madley, who has hosted the IPL Player Auctions since the inaugural season in 2008. This is the first IPL auction wherein the bidding will be done in Indian rupees.
 
Australia’s Chris Lynn with a base price of 50 lakh and South African 39-year-old Herschelle Gibbs with the same base price both find no takers and remain UNSOLD
Another little known Australian Ben Rohrer with a base price of 50 lakh is also UNSOLD and so is South African Farhaan Behardien who had a starting price of 30 lakh.

Henry Davids
 of South Africa with a base price of 30 lakh also remains UNSOLD and Sri Lankan Upul Tharanga with the same price also suffers the same fate.
Adam Voges has a starting price of 1 crore but he remains UNSOLD
A lot of players going UNSOLD in this round including Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand with a base price of 50 lakh.
 South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir with a base price of Rs. 1 crore finds no buyer and he remains UNSOLD and Australian Nathan Lyon with the same base price also suffers the same fate.
Sri Lanka’s Suraj Randiv starts with a base price of Rs. 30 lakh but no bids for him. UNSOLD
Former India spinner Ramesh Powar with a base price of 30 lakh also goes UNSOLD
Veteran Brad Hogg has a huge base price of 1.5 crore and no surprise he does not invite any bids. UNSOLD
The last player in this section is Akila Dananjaya of Sri Lanka with a base price of 30 lakh but he remains UNSOLD
 
 Former India opener Abhinav Mukund with a base price of 30 lakh remains UNSOLD.
This ends the third set of specialist batsmen with just Venugopal Rao managing to find a buyer.
Sunrisers buy Venugopal Rao for 55 lakh: Former India batsman Venugopal Rao breaks the sequence of unsold players as he attracts a strong interest from RCB and SH.
Rao, who started with a bid of 30 lakh, has been sold to Sunrisers for 55 lakh.

 Sunrisers buy Venugopal Rao for 55 lakh
The third set of specialist batsmen coming up and the first name out is 38-year-old Neil McKenzie of South Africa with a base price of 50 lakh and he remains UNSOLD
Australia’s Chris Lynn with a base price of 50 lakh and South African 39-year-old Herschelle Gibbs with the same base price both find no takers and remain UNSOLD
Another little known Australian Ben Rohrer with a base price of 50 lakh is also UNSOLD and so is South African Farhaan Behardien who had a starting price of 30 lakh.

Henry Davids
 of South Africa with a base price of 30 lakh also remains UNSOLD and Sri Lankan Upul Tharanga with the same price also suffers the same fate.
Adam Voges has a starting price of 1 crore but he remains UNSOLD
A lot of players going UNSOLD in this round including Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand with a base price of 50 lakh.
South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir with a base price of Rs. 1 crore finds no buyer and he remains UNSOLD and Australian Nathan Lyon with the same base price also suffers the same fate.
Sri Lanka’s Suraj Randiv starts with a base price of Rs. 30 lakh but no bids for him. UNSOLD
Former India spinner Ramesh Powar with a base price of 30 lakh also goes UNSOLD
Veteran Brad Hogg has a huge base price of 1.5 crore and no surprise he does not invite any bids. UNSOLD
The last player in this section is Akila Dananjaya of Sri Lanka with a base price of 30 lakh but he remains UNSOLD
  Badree sold to Chennai for 30 lakh:  So, we are back after a brief 10-minute break featuring the second group of the spinners.
West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn with a base price of 30 lakh is the first name to come up but he remainsUNSOLD.
The next spinner out of the box is Sri Lankan Rangana Herath with a base price of 1.5 crore but even he is UNSOLD
West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree is up next with a base price of 30 lakh and Chennai Super Kings are quick to make the opening bid, the only one for him. 
SOLD! Badree sold to Chennai for 30 lakh
  Munaf remains unsold:  Former India pacer Munaf Patel is back in the limelight after a while as he starts with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh. But he remains UNSOLD

 Chennai retain pacer Mohit for 2 crore:  The young pacer Mohit Sharma is next  for CSK last season. He starts with a opening bid for Rs. 1 crore.
Chennai as expected as very keen on the pace bowler and Delhi are not giving up either.
The bid goes up to 2 crore before Delhi pull out of the race.

SOLD! Chennai retain Mohit for 2 crore
 Delhi buy Unadkat for 2.8 crore:  Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat is next in the running with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
In no time, his price has doubled with Delhi and Rajasthan both in the running. RCB not interested in right to match.
SOLD! Delhi buy Unadkat for 2.8 crore
  Punjab retain Awana for 65 lakh:  Pace bowler Parvinder Awana with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings in the running but the latter pulls out after two tries with not much money in their kitty.
Kings XI Punjab use the right-to-match card to retain Awana for 65 lakh
SOLD! Punjab retain Awana for 65 lakh
Aaron sold to RCB for 2 crore:  India’s fastest bowler Varun Aaron is next up for grabs at a starting price of Rs 1.5 crore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad make the opening bid followed by RCB which triggers a bidding war raising it till 2 crore before Hyderabad back out.
SOLD! Aaron sold to RCB for 2 crore
 Chennai buy Nehra for 2 crore:  Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra is up for sale now with a huge base price of Rs 2 crore.
Chennai Super Kings make a surprise opening bid which turns out to be the only bid for the left-arm pacer.
SOLD! Chennai buy Nehra for 2 crore
  Balaji sold to Kings XI Punjab for 1.8 crore:  Former India pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji is the next up for grabs with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh.
RCB in need of some bowlers are going aggressively for the experienced pacer but face stiff competition from Punjab as the bid crosses the 1 crore mark.

SOLD! Balaji sold to Kings XI Punjab for 1.8 crore
  Coulter-Nile sold to Delhi Daredevils for 4.25 crore:  Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile with a base price of Rs. 1 crore is up for grabs now.
Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid makes the opening bid before Delhi come into the picture triggering a frenzy of quick bids to take it past 2 cr.
Delhi raise it to 2.2 crore as Rajasthan pull out. But maybe they made a last minute bid as auctioneer Madlee claims he didn’t see their bid. After some deliberation, they resume the bidding as it crosses the 4 cr mark.
Rajasthan back out finally it seems with Delhi’s bid at 4.25 crore.
SOLD! Nathan Coulter-Nile sold to Delhi Daredevils for 4.25 crore
RP Singh, Lee remain unsold:  Now, we will have the second set of fast bowlers.
Former India fast bowler RP Singh with a base price of Rs. 1 crore finds no buyers. UNSOLD
Australian bowling great Brett Lee has a base price of Rs. 2 crore and as expected there are no bids for him. UNSOLD.
  Christian, Bopara remain unsold, Sunrisers buy Henriques:   Australian Dan Christian with a base price of 1 crore finds no buyers and England’s Ravi Bopara with the same base price meets the same fate as both go UNSOLD.
England all-rounder Luke Wright also remains UNSOLD.
Australian Moises Henriques is bought at his base price of Rs. 1 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  Rajasthan bag Nayar for 1 crore:  Mumbai’s Abhishek Nayar starts with a base price of 30 lakh. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals trigger a bidding war which takes the price to Rs. 1 crore.
SOLD! Rajasthan bag Nayar for 1 crore
  The big name is out finally — New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, the batsman with the fastest century in ODIs.
His base price is a modest 1 cr as Rajasthan Royals open the bidding war. Mumbai enter the fray as Rajasthan back out at 1.5 cr.
But Delhi are now in the running too as the bid crosses 2 crore mark and then in a few second it goes past the 4 crore mark.
Sunrisers enter the fray with 4.25 cr bid but Mumbai go better at 4.5 crore.
SOLD! Anderson sold to Mumbai Indians for 4.5 crore
 Delhi buy Shukla for 1.5 crore:  Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla starts with a base price of 50 lakh.
Delhi and Kolkata interested in the veteran all-rounder as the bid goes up to the 1 crore mark. 
Finally, Delhi bag him for three times his starting price at 1.5 crore.
SOLD! Delhi buy Shukla for 1.5 crore

  Maxwell sold to Kings XI Punjab for 6 crore:  Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell with a base price of Rs. 1 crore is up next. If you remember, he was purchased by Mumbai Indians last time for a million dollars.
Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians are locked in a keen tussle to get Maxwell and the bid reaches 2 crore mark and is still going strong.
Delhi are not holding back as the bid crosses the 4 cr mark and Mumbai are giving back in equal measure.
Kings XI Punjab have entered the fray with a 5 cr bid catching Mumbai by surprise, who up it to 5.5 cr before Punjab make it 6 cr and Mumbai have backed out.
SOLD! Maxwell sold to Kings XI Punjab for 6 crore
 Russell remains unsold:  Next is the second group of all-rounders which will feature the big hitting Kiwi Corey Anderson, Glenn Maxwell among others.
The first player out is Andre Russell of West Indies with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh but he remains UNSOLD.

 Sunrisers buy Zimbabwe keeper Taylor:  Surprisingly, Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for his base price of Rs. 30 lakh.
But Johnson Charles of West Indies with the same base price remains UNSOLD.
New Zealand wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi with a base price of Rs. 30 lakh goes unsold,
 Next set is the second group of wicketkeeper-batsmen.
There seems to be interest in the players in this group as the following players go unsold,
Australia’s Tim Paine (base price Rs. 50 lakh) 
Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva (base price of 30 lakh) 
South Africa’s Dane Vilas (base price of 30 lakh) 
West Indies’ Denesh Ramdin (base price of 30 lakh)
Sri Lanka’s Prasanna Jayawardene (base price Rs. 50 lakh) 
 West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels, who starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore also goes UNSOLD. His team mate Lendl Simmons with a base price of Rs. 50 also finds no takers.
Former Chennai Super Kings Subramaniam Badrinath, who had a base price of Rs. 1 crore, finds no takers and isUNSOLD.
England batsman Ian Bell with the same base price also goes UNSOLD.
Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh with a base price of Rs. 50 lakhs remains UNSOLD and same is the case for New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (base price Rs. 50 lakh).
Tiwary bought by Delhi for 70 lakh:  Young batsman Saurabh Tiwary is up for grabs now as he starts with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh.
Delhi Daredevils make the opening bid before Kolkata Knight Riders enter the fray.
But it is Delhi Daredevils, who bag Tiwary for 70 lakh.
  Bravo, Hales remain unsold:  West Indies batsman Darren Bravo with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh goes UNSOLD. He could be up for grabs on Day 2 depending on whether any franchise shows interest in buying him.
England’s Alex Hales has a base price of Rs. 2 crore but none of the franchise want to avail his services so he goesUNSOLD.
  Maddinson sold to RCB for 50 lakh:  So the second session of the IPL Auction commences with the second set of the specialist batsmen going under the hammer.
Australia’s Cameron White is the first batsman up for sale with a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. He remains UNSOLD.
His compatriot Nic Maddinson, who had a base price of Rs. 50 lakh, was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the same price.

So, the IPL Auction has brought two former India coaches face to face in the form ofJohn Wright and Gary Kirsten.While Wright successfully coached Mumbai Indians to the IPL title last year, Kirsten has taken over the Delhi Daredevils from the coming season onwards.
Kirsten had a successful run as the India coach, winning the World Cup in 2011 while also guiding the team to the No. 1 in Test rankings.
The official Twitter handle of IPL has posted this picture of the two coaches at the IPL Auction in Bangalore. “The two former Indian coaches – John Wright and @Gary_Kirsten are all smiles at #IPLauction #DD #MI pic.twitter.com/v8Z0Bsf9HG”

13:29  The Auction will resume at 2pm with the franchises looking to further bolster their sides with a few more purchases. Let us check as to how much funds each of the teams have in their auction kitty.
  Huge pay cut for the Pathan brothers:  A huge pay cut for the Pathan brothers, this time around.
If you remember, in the last auction, Yusuf and Irfan were sold for $ 2.1m and $1.9m respectively. 
Today, they managed only 3.25cr and 2.4cr.
One of the reasons that can be attributed to their huge pay cut could be their ouster from the Indian team. While Irfan has struggled with injuries and has recently returned to domestic cricket, Yusuf has been out of the team due to poor form for quite a while now!
  RCB buy Yuvraj for 14 crore, Karthik gets 12.5 cr:  So that is the end of the first session as we break for lunch. The Auction will resume at 2pm with the second set of specialist batsmen up for grabs.
Yuvraj Singh has bagged the highest price of the 2014 IPL Auction with a huge price tag of Rs. 14 crore which Royal Challengers Bangalore paid for him. 
Dinesh Karthik was a surprise pick at 12.5 cr when he was bought by Delhi Daredevils, who also snapped up Kevin Pietersen for 9 cr.
Mitchell Johnson was also another high profile player to get a good price with Kings XI Punjab bagging him for 6.5 cr.
Jacques Kallis was retained by Kolkata Knight Riders using the Right to Match option for 5.5 cr and Sunrisers Hyderabad got David Warner for the same price.
Robin Uthappa (KKR) and Mitchell Starc (RCB) were the other two players who went for the 5 crore mark.

  RCB buy Muralitharan for 1 crore:   South African Robin Peterson with a base price of Rs. 1 crore goes UNSOLD.
Sri Lanka spin great Muttiah Muralitharan is the last player of the session and he starts with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
And surprise, surprise there are no takes for him before RCB make a late bid for the veteran.
SOLD! RCB buy Muralitharan for 1 crore
  Rahul Sharma sold to Delhi for 1.9 crore:  Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh is the next player up for grabs.
RCB and Delhi make a few quick bids before the latter grab him for 1.9 crore.
SOLD! Rahul Sharma sold to Delhi for 1.9 crore
  Murali Kartik remains unsold:   Former left-arm spinner Murali Kartik is up for sale now and he starts with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
But surprisingly, no bids for the veteran spinner as he goes UNSOLD.
And so does Nathan McCullum of New Zealand who started with the same base price.
  Mendis goes unsold:  Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis is the next spin bowler and he starts with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh. But he goes UNSOLD like many of the Sri Lankans before him today.

  Mumbai Indians retain Ojha for 3.25 crore:  India’s Test spinner Pragyan Ojha will be up for sale now and he starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
It’s Delhi vs Mumbai for the left-arm spinner.
Delhi are not relenting this time as they make a successful bid of Rs.3.25 cr for Ojha.
But Mumbai have requested time to see if they want to exercise the Right to Match option.

SOLD! Mumbai Indians retain Ojha for 3.25 crore
 Chawla sold to KKR for 4.25 crore:  So, the last set will be of the spin bowlers before they break for lunch.
Piyush Chawla is the first spinner up for sale and he starts with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh.
CSK make the opening bid before Delhi also come into the running, who make a bid of 1.10 cr before the former give up.
KKR join the fray but Delhi will not hold back as the price goes up to 2 crore and they are still going for it.
Very soon it is 3 crore but the intense bidding war continues before Delhi make it 4 cr.
KKR raise it to 4.25 crore before Delhi give up.
Kings XI have the option of RTM but they will not use it.
SOLD! Chawla sold to KKR for 4.25 crore
Morne Morkel goes to KKR for 2.8 crore:  The last fast bowler up for grabs is South African Morne Morkel and he starts with a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore.
Rajasthan Royals make the opening bid and Mumbai Indians come into the fray as the bid goes up to 2.2cr before Mumbai back out.
Kolkata make a late entry with a 2.4 cr bid but Rajasthan after some deliberation raise it to 2.6 cr but KKR extend it further.
Delhi are not using the RTM offer as Morkel goes to KKR.
SOLD! Morne Morkel goes to KKR for 2.8 crore
Vinay Kumar sold to Kolkata for 2.8 crore:  India’s out of favour R Vinay Kumar comes up for sale now with a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore.
Delhi make the opening bid before Kolkata throw their hat into the ring.
The bid goes up to 2.8 crore before Delhi back out of the running. RCB decide not to match the offer.
Vinay Kumar sold to Kolkata for 2.8 crore
Praveen Kumar goes unsold:  Former India pacer Praveen Kumar is next up for sale and he starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
But no one wants to go for him at that huge price and he goes UNSOLD!
 Yadav sold to Kolkata for 2.6 crore:  India pacer Umesh Yadav starts with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
Chennai are finally back in the action with the first bid but Kolkata are up for the challenge as the price goes up to Rs. 2 crore.
Sunrisers also show their interest with a bid of 2.4 cr but KKR raise it to 2.6 crore to get the player.
Delhi are offered the Right to Match card but refuse the offer.
 Yadav sold to Kolkata for 2.6 crore
  RCB bag Rampaul for 90 lakh:  West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul is next up with a base price of Rs. 50 lakhs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore manage to successfully retain the pacer for a modest Rs. 90 lakh
  India’s current fast bowling sensation Mohammed Shami is next up for grabs at the base price of Rs. 1 crore.
His price doubles up instantly as Delhi and Kolkata trigger an intense bidding war. And soon it is touching 3 crore in favour of KKR but Delhi not holding back either.
And Kings XI Punjab also come into the picture but Delhi get the pacer for 4.25 crore.
 Shami bought by Delhi for 4.25 crore
 Sunrisers buy Bhuvneshwar for 4.25 crore:  India’s young and talented pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes up for sale now with a base price of 1.5 crore.
Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad going all-out attack as the prices goes to 4 crore in no time.
Sunrisers raise it to 4.25 crore before Delhi back out.
 Sunrisers buy Bhuvneshwar for 4.25 crore
  Sunrisers buy Ishant for 2.6 crore:  Struggling India fast bowler Ishant Sharma is up for sale starting at a base price of 1.5 crore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad make the opening bid at the base price and there are no more bidders. Delhi make a late challenge before RCB also jump into the picture.
But Sunrisers manage to retain their pace with a winning bid of 2.6 crore.

 Sunrisers retain Ishant for 2.6 crore
  Dinda sold to RCB for 1.5 crore:  Now we have Ashok Dinda starting with a base price of 1 crore.
The bid goes up to Rs. 1.5 crore in favour of Royal Challengers Bangalore who are keen to add some bowlers to their line-up.
Dinda sold to RCB for 1.5 crore
  Starc sold to RCB for 5 crore:  So the fast bowlers will be up for grabs now.
And we start with Australian left-armer Mitchell Starc with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
Delhi make the opening bid but none of the other franchises seems to be interested before KKR make a late bid of 2.2 crore.
Delhi raise the bid to 3.25 cr before KKR back out but RCB jump into the fray with a bid of 3.5 cr but Delhi are not holding back.
Gary Kirsten in a big discussion with his team before they raise it to 4.75 cr and RCB make it 5 crore before Delhi back out.
SOLD! Starc sold to RCB for 5 crore
 Kevin Pietersen @KP24 on Twitter: “Morning – so happy to be back with the Delhi family! Lovely start to the day…”
 Shakib Al Hasan sold to KKR for 2.8 crore:  The last in the all-rounder list is Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders are keen to get the all-rounder as the bid doubles to 2 crore in a matter of few seconds.
Kolkata stretch it to 2.8 crore as Delhi back out.

SOLD! Shakib Al Hasan sold to KKR for 2.8 crore
 Dilshan, Mahmood goes unsold:  Tillakaratne Dilshan starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore. Not much interest being shown as the Sri Lankan limited overs specialist goes unsold.
And former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood with a base price of Rs 1 crore also suffers the same fate.
  Irfan Pathan sold to Sunrisers for 2.4 crore:  The next all-rounder up for sale is Irfan Pathan, who has made a recovery from injury lately. He starts with a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore.
Rajasthan Royals open the bidding at the base price before Sunrisers Hyderabad enter the fray and soon the price zooms to 2.4cr in favour of the latter. Delhi Daredevils decide not to use the RTM.

Irfan Pathan sold to Sunrisers for 2.4 crore
  David Hussey goes unsold:  Australia’s David Hussey is next up, starting with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
But unlike his old brother Mike, David Hussey has gone unsold.
And Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews also suffers the same fate.
 Albie Morkel sold to RCB for 2.4 crore:  South Africa’s veteran all-rounder Albie Morkel comes in to the fray now starting with a base price of Rs. 1.50 crore.
Delhi Daredevils have shown initial interest before Royal Challengers Bangalore challenge their bid as the price goes up to 2.40 crore in favour of the latter.
 Albie Morkel sold to RCB for 2.4 crore
  Kings XI Punjab buy Perera for 1.60 crore:  Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera starts with a base price of Rs. 50 lakh.
 Kings XI Punjab manage to beat RCB to get the player for 1.60 crore.
  Next is  Yusuf Pathan, who proved to be a huge hit at Rajasthan Royals before his below-par run at Kolkata Knight Riders.
He starts with a base price of Rs 2 crore as Sunrisers make the opening bid and Mumbai Indians also jump into the fray.
Not much interest being shown in Yusuf Pathan, who previously commanded such huge price tags in the earlier auctions.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are the latter bidders as the prices goes up to 3.25 cr in favour of Kings XI Punjab before KKR use the RTM option.
 Kolkata Knight Riders retain Yusuf Pathan using RTM for 3.25 crore.
 Steve Smith sold to Rajasthan Royals for 4 crore:  After the wicketkeepers, we will have the all-rounders up for grabs now.
Australian Steve Smith starts with a base price of Rs 2 crore. Kolkata Knight Riders open the bidding at the base price before Rajasthan Royals enter the fray as it soon zooms to 3.25 cr for KKR before the Royals take it up to 4 crore which is enough.
SOLD! Steve Smith sold to Rajasthan Royals for 4 crore
  Wade, Kieswetter goes unsold at IPL Auction:   Australia’s limited overs specialist wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is the next player up for sale and he starts with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
But none of the teams are interested in him and he goes unsold.
And England’s Crag Kieswetter meets the same fate after starting with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.
Sri Lankan Kusal Janith Perera also goes unsold with a base price of Rs 50 lakhs.

11:27  Parthiv Patel sold to RCB for 1.40 crore:  The next wicketkeeper who comes up for sale is Parthiv Patel and he starts with a base price of Rs 1 crore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore make the opening bid at the base price before Mumbai Indians jump in to the race.

SOLD! Parthiv Patel sold to RCB for 1.40 crore

 Wriddhiman Saha sold to Kings XI Punjab for 2.20 crore:  India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is the next wicketkeeper who comes into the picture.
Surprising, no bids from Kolkata Knight Riders as Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals start the face-off.
Kings XI Punjab enter the fray with 2.20 crore and they manage to get him for that price.

 Wriddhiman Saha sold to Kings XI Punjab for 2.20 crore
  Quinton de Kock sold to Delhi Daredevils for 3.5 crore:  So we will have the next round of auction, where the wicketkeepers will be up for grabs.
South Africa’s Quinton de Knock is the first keeper-batsman who comes up for sale.
And Delhi Daredevils get him for 3.5 crore.
Quinton de Kock sold to Delhi Daredevils for 3.5 crore
  Dwyane Smith sold to Chennai Super Kings for 4.5 crore:  The last batsman in the list is Dwayne Smith, who played for Mumbai Indians last season.
His base price is 1.5 crore. Delhi and RCB in the contest as the bid goes up to 2.2 crore in favour of Delhi.
Kings XI Punjab jump into the picture as the bid goes to 3.75 cr before Chennai Super Kings make a late entry with 4 cr bid.
The bid goes up to 4.5 crore with Chennai Super Kings making the highest bid.

Dwayne Smith sold to Chennai Super Kings for 4.5 crore.

 Manoj Tiwary sold to Delhi Daredevils for 2.8 crore:  Former India batsman Manoj Tiwary who has recently recovered from his injury comes into the fray now. His base price is Rs. 2 crore.
Delhi Daredevils make the opening bid at the base price and there are no more bids for him.
Sunrisers come into the fray at 2.2 before Delhi raise it further to 2.8 crore.
! Manoj Tiwary sold to Delhi Daredevils for 2.8 crore
  Punjab retain Shaun Marsh for 2.2 crore:  Australia’s Shaun Marsh is the next batsman who will be up for sale and he starts with a base price of 2 crore.
Rajasthan Royals make the opening bid before Kings XI Punjab raise it to 2.2 crore.
 Punjab retain Shaun Marsh for 2.2 crore.
Rajasthan Royals buy Hodge for 2.4 crore :  Australia’s T20 specialist Brad Hodge is up grabs now with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
Rajasthan Royals make the opening bid at the base price before RCB make a late bid at 2.20 crore.
It’s 2.4 crore with the Rajasthan as RCB decide not to raise it further.

 Rajasthan Royals buy Hodge for 2.4 crore 

  Uthappa sold to Kolkata for 5 crore:  Former India batsman Robin Uthappa is the next player in the auction and he starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
Rajasthan make the opening bid before KKR raise it to 2.20 crore and Delhi make it 2.4 cr.
In no time the bid has gone to 5 crore for the Knight Riders as Delhi back out.

Uthappa sold to Kolkata for 5 crore
  Duminy sold to Delhi Daredevils for 2.20 crore:  The next player in the fray is South African JP Duminy and he starts with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore open the bidding before Sunrisers Hyderabad raise it further taking it up to Rs. 1.6 crore.
Delhi make a late entry as the bid goes up to Rs 2 crore and they raise it further to 2.20 crore.
SOLD! JP Duminy sold to Delhi Daredevils for 2.20 crore
 Pujara sold to Kings XI Punjab for 1.9 crore:  India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara in the reckoning now at a base price of Rs. 1.50 crore.
Looks like there are no bids before Kings XI Punjab make the opening bid.
Delhi jump into the picture before Punjab not giving up as they raise to 1.9 crore.

SOLD! Pujara sold to Kings XI Punjab for 1.9 crore

  Finch sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 4 crore:  Australia’s dashing in-form batsman Aaron Finch is up for grabs now.
Delhi Daredevils open the bidding before Rajasthan Royals come into the picture as the bid goes up to Rs. 2 crore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad enter the fray as the bid zooms to 4 cr in no time as Delhi are not willing to hold back.
Sunrisers raise the bid to 4 crore before Delhi back out.
Aaron Finch sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 4 crore.

Ross Taylor goes unsold:  So we will have the third round, which will feature the Specialist Batsmen.
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is the first player up for sale from this round. He starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore. Surprisingly, he goes unsold.

 Zaheer Khan sold to Mumbai Indians for 2.6 crore:  Veteran fast bowler Zaheer Khan is the last player in the second round and he starts with a base price of 1 crore.
A slow start before Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad enter into a bidding war with the price going up to 2.6 crore.
Mumbai make the highest bid at 2.6 crore as Sunrisers back out and Royal Challengers Bangalore will not match the amount.

 Zaheer Khan sold to Mumbai Indians for 2.6 crore.

  Sunrisers Hyderabad retain Mishra for 4.75 cr:  We have two more players left in the marquee section as Amit Mishra is up next with a base price of Rs 2 crore.
Rajasthan Royals make the opening bid before Kings XI Punjab up their bid. Delhi Daredevils will not miss out as the bid goes up to Rs 4 crore.
Delhi make the highest bid at 4.25 cr before Royal Challengers Bangalore come into the picture at 4.5cr  but Delhi raise it further to 4.75 cr.
 Delhi Daredevils make the highest bid for Amit Mishra for 4.75 crore but Sunrisers Hyderabad use the Right to Match card to retain the leg spinner.
  Mumbai Indians buy Michael Hussey for 5 crore:  Australian veteran batsman Michael Hussey is the next player with a base price of Rs 2 crore.
And it is Delhi again, who start the bidding before Mumbai enter the picture taking the bid in a matter of few minutes to 4 crore.
And Mumbai Indians in pole position with a bid of Rs. 5 crore as Delhi back out of the race.
 Mumbai Indians buy Michael Hussey for 5 crore.

 McCullum sold to Chennai Super Kings for 3.25 crore:  New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum is the next player in the fray and he starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
Mumbai Indians look keen to get his services after missing out on Dinesh Karthik but Chennai Super Kings are equally determined with a bid of 3.25 crore.
Kolkata Knight Riders will not match the bid which means he goes to CSK.
 Brendon McCullum sold to Chennai Super Kings for 3.25 crore.

  RCB buy Yuvraj for 14 crore: Dinesh Karthik is the next player up for sale and he starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
Delhi Daredevils, who have bid for almost every player up to this point, have started the bid but Sunrisers Hyderabad are not giving up. 
It’s a bid a second as it goes up to Rs. 10 crore in no time with Delhi but Sunrisers raise it to 10.50 crore.
Kolkata Knight Riders have made a late entry into the fray but Delhi still in the hunt with 12.5 crore. And he is sold as Mumbai Indians opt not to retain the player.
Delhi Daredevils have made the second highest purchase of the auction as they get Dinesh Karthik for 12.5 crore.
  Chennai retain Faf du Plessis using RTM for 4.75 crore:  South African batsman Faf du Plessis is the next player on the cards with a base price of 1.5 crore.
Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils take the bid to 4 crore within no time with both not holding back.
Delhi up the bid to 4.75 cr as Mumbai opt out.
Faf du Plessis sold to Delhi Daredevils for 4.75 crore but Chennai Super Kings get him back using the right to match option.

Sunrisers Hyderabad retain Sammy for 3.5 crore:  West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy is the second player for sale now with a base price of Rs. 1 crore.
Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils in a bidding frenzy as the bid sprints past the 2 crore mark.
Royal Challengers Bangalore jump into the picture with 2.4 cr but Delhi not holding back taking the bid up to 3.5 crore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad retain Sammy using the right to match card at 3.5 crore matching the highest bid made by Delhi Daredevils.
  Kings XI Punjab buy Bailey for 3.25 crore:  So, Madlee gets the second round underway as Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor picks up the first player ball from the bag. 
The first player up for grabs is George Bailey and he starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
Kings XI Punjab make the opening bid at the base price and Delhi Daredevils enter the fray as the price goes up to 3.25 crore.
 Kings XI Punjab have successfully bought George Bailey for 3.25 cr.
 Vijay Mallya seems delighted at getting Yuvraj Singh, who further boosts the explosive batting line-up featuring Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and captain Virat Kohli.
“We now have to fix our bowling and fortunately there a lot of options,” Mallya said.
  The second round will comprise of another set of marquee players will feature George Bailey, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Brendon McCullum, Amit Mishra and Darren Sammy.
Who do you think will get the highest price among this group? Will anyone go past Yuvraj’s highest bid of Rs. 14 crore?
Stay tuned as the second round of the 2014 IPL Auction gets underway in a few minutes.
  Yuvraj gets the highest price in Round 1:   Yuvraj Singh commanded the highest price in the opening round of the IPL Auction as Royal Challengers Bangalore paid a whopping Rs. 14 crore for him.
But his former India team mate Virender Sehwag went for 3.20 crore to Kings XI Punjab as Delhi Daredevils opted not to retain him.
The second highest bid went to Kevin Pietersen who was retained by Delhi Daredevils using the RTM option after Sunrisers Hyderabad had made the highest bid of Rs. 9 crore.
Delhi Daredevils also bought India Test opener Murali Vijay for Rs. 5 crore but decided not to retain David Warner, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 5.5 crore.
Kings XI Punjab made a big bid of 6.5 crore for Australia’s Ashes bowling hero Mitchell Johnson as Mumbai opted not to exercise the RTM option.
Kolkata Knight Riders used the right to match option to get back Jacques Kallis for 5.5 crore.
Sri Lankan batting icon Mahela Jayawardene surprisingly went unsold.
Kings XI Punjab buy Johnson for 6.5 crore:   Australia’s Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson is the final player in the first round of the Auction.
It triggers an intense bidding war right from the start between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab and in no time the bid is up to 6.5 crore.
Chennai back out as Punjab get Johnson for 6.5 crore.
Mumbai Indians have ruled out the Right to Match option as Kings XI Punjab get Mitchell Johnson.
 Sunrisers Hyderabad buy Warner for 5.5 crore:  Australian dashing batsman David Warner is up for grabs now, starting with a base price of 1.5 crore.
Mumbai Indians with the opening bid before Sunrisers Hyderabad jump into the picture.
The amount goes up to Rs. 3 crore and keeps on climbing to 4 crore within no time.
Hyderabad in no mood to relent while Mumbai seem determined to get the Australian opener as they up the bid to Rs. 5 crore before SH go up to 5.5 cr.
So the player is sold to Sunrisers for 5.5 crore as Delhi opt not to retain Warner.

 Kings XI Punjab buy Sehwag for 3.20 crore:  Former India batting great Virender Sehwag comes into the picture now.
Will Delhi coach Gary Kirsten retain his one-time favourite player during his time as the Indian coach?
There are no bids initially before Punjab opening the bidding at 2.20 crore and Mumbai Indians jump into the picture with 2.60 before Punjab up it to 2.80 and Mumbai raise it to 3 crore.
Punjab not giving up as they raise it to 3.20 cr and Mumbai have backed out.
Surprisingly, Delhi have opted not to retain Sehwag using the Right to Match option.
  Kolkata retain Kallis for 5.5 crore:   South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis comes into the bidding now.
His base price is Rs. 2 crore.
Chennai make the opening bid as Delhi Daredevils enter the picture after CSK bid Rs. 2.80 crore.
KKR make a fresh bid of Rs. 3 crore triggering another bidding war with CSK, who up the bid to 5.5 crore and they are no more bids.
But Kolkata Knight Riders have the option to Right to match which they use to retain Kallis.
  RCB buy Yuvraj for 14 crore:   Yuvraj Singh in the fray now.
Kings XI Punjab make the opening bid at his base price of Rs. 2 crore as Rajasthan Royals come into the picture.
For the first time we have Royal Challengers Bangalore and it is turning out to be a thrilling with bids raining every second.
RCB have upped the ante to Rs. 10 crore for Yuvraj Singh. Kings XI Punjab have opted out it seems.
Just when it looked that RCB had grabbed the winning bid, Kolkata Knight Riders have jumped into the fray. 
IPL Auctioneer Madlee initially says he didn’t see their bid but he has accepted their take.
The bid now goes up to Rs. 14 crore still in favour of RCB.
 Delhi Daredevils retain Pietersen:  – Kevin Pietersen.
He starts with a base price of Rs. 2 crore and it is raining bids between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab.
Punjab going out all as it goes up to 4.20 cr but Sunrisers enter the fray at 5 cr.
Chennai and Sunrisers in a keen tussle as the bid goes up to 8 crore.
Sunrisers have bought Pietersen for 9 crore.
Meanwhile, Delhi Darevils have exercised their Right to Match option and got Pietersen in their team for Rs. 9 crore.
 Jayawardene goes unsold:  Sri Lankan batting ace Mahela Jayawardene is the second player up for grabs. But surprisingly, no bids for him and he goes in to the unsold Pool.
  Murali Vijay is the first player sold at 2014 IPL Auction:   Murali Vijay is the first player to go under the hammer. His base price is Rs. 2 crore and as expected Chennai Super Kings are the first to bid for him.
Delhi Daredevils with 2.20 followed by CSK for 2.40 and Mumbai up it to 2.80.
Delhi back in the race as they raise it to Rs. 3 crore. 
Sunrisers Hyderabad make a fresh bid of 3.20 cr but Delhi are not giving up as the bid goes up to 5 cr in their favour.
And Delhi have successfully bought the first player at the 2014 IPL Auction, grabbing Murali Vijay for 5 crore.
IPL Auction will be conducted in Indian rupees:  IPL CEO Sundar Raman confirms that the Players Auction will be conducted in Indian Rupees.
Auctioneer Richard Madley has come on the stage and he will get the auction underway.
  2014 IPL Auction set to kick-off:   We are all set for the 2014 IPL Auction, which will get underway in a few minutes. Rahul Dravid is spotted in the Rajasthan Royals camp, while Juhi Chawla smiles away with her Kolkata Knight Riders gang.
Former India coach Gary Kirsten will be with Delhi Daredevils, who have not retained any players ahead of the auction. Anil Kumble will be part of the Mumbai Indians camp.
Also spotted at the Auction Hall in ITC Gardenia Hall in Bangalore is Bollywood superstar Ranbir Khan but he is not part of any team but merely there courtesy of the sponsors Pepsi India.
Mumbai, Chennai and Rajasthan retained 5 players each:  Here are the funds remaining for all the IPL teams for the Auction:
Mumbai Indians - Rs 21 crores (5 retained) 
Rajasthan Royals - Rs 22.5 crores (5) 

Chennai Super Kings
 - Rs 21 crores (5) 
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Rs 30.5 crores (3) 

Kings XI Punjab
 - Rs 43.5 crores (2) 
Kolkata Knight Riders - Rs 38 crores (2) 

Sunrisers Hyderabad
 - Rs 38 crores (2) 

Delhi Daredevils
 - Rs 60 crores (No retention) 
The teams will also have the ‘Right to match’ (RTM) option which will can be used as follows 
As the bidding for any player is complete and the auctioneer is satisfied that no more bids will be forthcoming, the auctioneer will bring down the hammer, declare the player “sold” and then ask his previous franchise (in 2013) if it wishes to exercise it’s RTM option. If the franchise chooses to exercise the RTM option, then they can buy the player for the amount of the highest bid made in the Player Auction
- No further bidding by any other franchises is possible once the RTM option is exercised.
- The franchises may take no more than four capped Indian players via a combination of retention prior to the auction and ‘Right to match’
 Twenty four players were retained by the IPL franchises, including 14 Indian players (of which three are uncapped) and 10 overseas players. 
Mumbai Indians (5 retained):  Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard.
Chennai Super Kings (5): Mahendra Singh Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina.
Rajasthan Royals (5): Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Ajinkya Rahane.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (3): Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (2): Dale Steyn, Shikhar Dhawan.
Kings XI Punjab (2): David Miller, Manan Vohra.
Kolkata Knight Riders (2): Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine.
Delhi Daredevils – No players retained

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will be available for the full IPL 7 season and will definitely be one of the most sought after players. Which of the franchises will grab the dashing batsman at the IPL auction  


 

Many Voices, One Movement: Ending Sexual Violence in India

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Dear Sagar ji,

The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. The Constitution not only grants equality to women, but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favour of women.

Maitri proposes to hold its sixth national conference on Women in India on 20-21 March 2014 at Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The theme for the conference this year is Many Voices, One Movement: Ending Sexual Violence in India.Conference focus will be on addressing issues concerning sexual violence. It will address issues of sexual violence in the home, workplace, in public spaces and in conflict zones. It will also discuss the response to sexual violence by health services, law and the media.༯span>
The conference proposes to bring together key stakeholders in this complicated subject in a manner which enriches the thinking of all participants. We hope it will be a learning and sharing opportunity for all the stakeholders as well as give opportunity and a place to develop relationships which will lead to some good outcomes in the future.
For your information and convenience, the concept note has been attached. I greatly look forward to your participation.

Mrs. Winnie Singh
Executive Director

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